Atomic Abbie wowed the school with her Mad Science assembly this morning!
Everyone’s excited faces lit up when we investigated how paper burns differently when dipped in 200 chemicals!
We all became scientists as we predicted how high the cork would blast off the test tube filled with bicarbonate of soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (acetic acid).
Next, we investigated lung capacity: two volunteers came out to the front to help. They each had to blow into the wind bag to test their air capacity. Using science, they were able to improve their scores by allowing air to travel easier.
Finally, we loved watching Abbie shoot air out of a cannon. We can’t see air, so how do we know what shape it is? The cannon created smoke to blow around the room, so the children could actually see the air travelling. We learnt that the special shape of air being shot out of the cannon is a torus.
We had a brilliant response to our Easter competitions, with pupils and parents thrilled to have the opportunity to be creative.
This slideshow gives you a flavour of the huge variety of entries that we received which made judging incredibly difficult.
Mrs Barker and Mrs Moore, from the office, judged the Easter colouring competition as follows:
Mrs Alison Buick, Joint Chair of Governors, judged the Decorate an Egg competition as follows:
Mr Chris Wilson, co-opted governor, judged the Easter Craft and Cooking competition as follows:
We held our fifth ASPIRE Awards Assembly (for Spring 2) on Wednesday 23rd March. These are the pupils who were nominated from each class. Please click on the booklet to enlarge before reading.
After hearing why each class teacher had nominated these children, all nominees were awarded with a certificate which was presented by one of our school governors.
After all nominees had selected a prize from our fabulous prize table, they were invited to parade around the hall whilst the rest of the school clapped them on!
Finally, the three overall winners (one each from EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two) were also presented with extra prizes! Overall winners were voted for by governors after reading through all the nominations.
A huge congratulations to all our nominees! You are ASPIRE ambassadors!
Some photos of our ASPIRE nominees with members of their family!
Here at Leamore, we have been incredibly lucky today. We have had a very special visitor in school… Mark Lewis-Francis, the olympic gold medallist!
We started the day with a celebratory assembly, for which Miss Francis and Mrs Bradley had decorated the hall- thank you! Miss Thomas introduced Mark and he told us a little bit about himself:
Following this, we were shown a clip of Mark in action at the 2004 olympics in Athens, Greece, where he won his gold medal for the 4x100m relay race!
The children (and adults) were then invited to ask any questions that they had for Mark. Everyone was very thoughtful and asked some brilliant questions… Mr Dwyer had the pressures of school life in mind when he asked Mark for some advice for the pupils…
Miss Thomas then revealed the reason we needed pom-poms for today! We were learning a special Leamore cheerleading routine for sports relief! The children were so well behaved and eager to learn this!
Mark then joined each class throughout the day to hold workshops for the children. They had the opportunity to take part in a circuit activity led by Mark himself AND got to see and hold his gold medal. We feel very privileged that he joined us today.
Here are the winners from each class. They were presented with a special medal and got to have their photograph taken with Mark!
Thank you Mark Lewis-Francis, we loved having you at our school today!
The ‘Parents Vs Staff Sports Relief Netball Match‘ took place after school today.
Here is Miss Francis’ totally amazing match report:
Leamore was at its very best this afternoon, with parents and staff uniting to support Sports Relief with an exhilarating game of netball. Five minutes into the game, muscles were being used that we never knew we had. However, the competition was definitely on: Skilful pivoting, chest passes, fantastic shooting and even the occasional lobbying the ball was witnessed. We definitely had it all going on! Mrs Kelly was a little whippet. I demand to see her birth certificate tomorrow; she’s never nearly 57!
Jodie and Mrs Bradley took a tumble for the team but rose valiantly to their feet. Where was Mrs Lockett our invisible first aider? Looking the other way perhaps arranging our half time oranges! Keep replaying the brilliant shot by Mrs Bradley – amazing!
“Mark your partner!” echoed throughout the match. That brought back fond teenage memories. “Jump Mr Dwyer!” was bellowed down the pitch to which he responded with a superman gesture but never actually left the ground!
You should have seen Miss Baker’s face when she realised her partner was Mr Chidlow. It was hilarious. “You’re too tall!” I heard her say. I don’t know who was more shocked – Mr or Mrs Chidlow. If you ask me, I think he’d got springs in his legs.
Mrs Mcutcheon was black and blue by the end of the match – she can’t explain half of her bruises.
Natalie gave me a run for my money; she stuck to me like glue! “Are your toes behind the line?” was enough to distract her! He, he!
Sheer determination was written all over Laura’s face. There was no doubt about it: she meant business!
Sam Hill not only looked the part, but was awarded woman of the match – so deserved. Wish we’d have had scouts there!
Miss Thomas’ and Mr Hardwick’s powerhouse defence was incredible. Although I am surprised that they let 5 goals in! I’d have trembled just going into the circle! It was no surprise that Jayne rose to that challenge – she may not have played since she was 17, but no one would of guessed. From one Nan to another, how do you do it?!
Marie and another relative were last minute volunteers – they both rose to the challenge. Thank you for stepping in.
What amazing sports we all were. Thank you to all netball players and, most importantly, to the spectators who donated to Sports Relief. I for one wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Bursting with Pride!
Check out how these two Year Four pupils showed off their ‘I Can’ attitude in assembly this morning when they shared the looooooooong loom band that they have been making at home! We also read a newspaper article about the loom band that a boy called Ben, who lives in Devon, has been making.
Our two Year Four pupils were keen to find out if their loom band was as long as the hall. It was!
During assembly, we discussed how having an ‘I Can’ attitude can help you to become very good at a particular skill. We learnt that some people who are really good at something go on to break World records.
We all enjoyed watching this video of Bertie, the fastest tortoise in the World, who now has a Guinness World Record. Bertie certainly has an ‘I Can’ attitude!
Alongside pupils from other Walsall primary schools, one of our Year Five pupils represented Leamore Primary at the Council House for Commonwealth Day where she was also able to meet the Mayor of Walsall!
Not sure what the Commonwealth actually is? Well, the Commonwealth is a family of 53 countries from all over the world, spanning the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. To find out more about what it represents, please click this link.
Commonwealth Day is held every year on the second Monday of March. The day is celebrated around the world and from the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty the Queen, a special message is issued through Prime Ministers and Presidents to the citizens of the Commonwealth particularly school children.
One of the tasks was to design the front page of a Commonwealth newspaper which the Mayor would then judge. We are delighted to announce that our pupil came second and will soon be receiving a special prize!
As well as meeting the Mayor of Walsall, part of the day involved raising the Commonwealth flag and saying the Commonwealth Affirmation.
Here are the affirmations (positive sayings) that were read out by all the children:
- The First Affirmation – We affirm that every person-of whatever colour, class or creed-possesses unique worth and dignity.
- The Second Affirmation – We affirm our respect for the world and pledge that we will be its stewards by caring for every part of it.
- The Third Affirmation – We affirm our belief in justice for everyone and peace between peoples and nations.
- The Fourth Affirmation – We affirm faith and love as the foundation of all human relationships.
- The Fifth Affirmation – We affirm that we each belong to our own nation and to the whole human family: to the service of both we pledge ourselves.
- The Sixth Affirmation – We affirm that diversity is a gift to humanity and that all peoples are worthy of respect; in pursuit of which, we pledge to promote understanding and reconciliation in our communities and around the world.
Commonwealth Day at the Council House on PhotoPeach
Thank you to Janet Catto, from Walsall Children’s Services, for organising, and then inviting us to, this event!
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This morning’s assembly saw the launch of our Easter Crafts competitions. Pupils enjoyed watching videos of some simple Easter crafts that they could make at home. Children were bursting with ideas by the time assembly was over!
Here is a fun craft video from Poundland!
Following our visit from the Queen, we also enjoyed learning about the Easter egg that is made especially for the Queen! Reception children were so impressed with this Easter egg, that they gave it a huge round of applause when it was finished!
In today’s assembly, Mrs Hill introduced pupils to this half term’s PSHE focus: the ‘I’ in ‘ASPIRE’ which stands for ‘Have an ‘I Can‘ Attitude!‘
Mrs Hill shared her rollerskating venture last summer and explained that having an ‘I Can’ attitude would have helped! Mrs Jackson explained that she needed an ‘I Can’ attitude to be ready for the Great North Run in September. Mrs Kelly told pupils about being part of Miss Francis’ Sports Relief netball team and how having an ‘I Can’ attitude is going to help her prepare!
We then watched a video about having a Growth Mindset, where Mojo discovers a secret about his brain!